Exclusive: Trump team seeks names of officials working to counter violent extremism

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump talks to members of the media at Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, FloridaBy Warren Strobel and Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team has asked two Cabinet departments for the names of government officials working on programs to counter violent extremism, according to a document seen by Reuters and U.S. officials. The requests to the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security involve a set of programs that seek to prevent violence by extremists of any stripe, including recruitment by militant Islamist groups within the United States and abroad. Reuters could not determine why the Trump team asked for these names.

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